Luke 8:14 KJV And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
Many things in our world seem to be real; however, it is only the appearance. Television will put things in front of a green screen so that they can put any kind of background with the actors. They use the green screen more than we might think because they use it for the weather or any other scene where a person’s life might be in real danger. I know that I shared this verse earlier but it is here in Luke and I thought that it was relevant again. Can a person’s life not be what it seems? Can a person merely look like a Christian and live a life that contradicts the commands of the Word of God? Is it possible to hear the Word, attend a Christian church, and still allow the world to choke out any fruitfulness? I believe it is more common than you might think. I do not believe that there is anything more that breaks my heart than to see a Christian not representing Jesus in their attitude, behavior, and daily walk. I know that we are not perfect; however, some just do not seem to care about living for Christ in their daily activities. Notice that Jesus did not say that the world would choke the plant so that it died. It only choked the plant so that it would not be fruitful. The plant still appeared normal; however, it was only an appearance of life or a facade. I wonder if Jesus desires that we just be the “appearance” of a Christian or to actually live out our lives for Jesus and His glory? It is easy to get our eyes off Jesus and place our desires upon things of earth; however, we must fight this temptation. Have you heard the Word? Has God’s Word gone deep into your life? Is it your desire to live for the Master? You may be asking yourself, “How am I supposed to know if I am not fruitful and only have the appearance of being a Christian?” I believe that this type of question may be answered by looking into our life and seeing which one that we represent the most. Does our live resemble Jesus or the society around us? May our lives be rich in God’s grace and abundant in His fruit flowing from our life. Dear Lord, help me to resemble You and bring forth much fruit in my life.